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Tigers trade Scott Sizemore to A’s for David Purcey

May 27, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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As a 25-year-old rookie last season Scott Sizemore was the Tigers’ Opening Day second baseman, but poor hitting and injuries have since removed him from the team’s plans and today they traded him to the A’s for left-hander David Purcey.

Purcey has a similar story, as the former first-round pick was dumped by the Blue Jays in mid-April after posting a 5.42 ERA in 149 innings.

He’s been effective since joining the A’s and moving to the bullpen full time, posting a 2.13 ERA and 7/3 K/BB ratio in 13 innings, and presumably the Tigers will keep him as a reliever.

Sizemore hasn’t hit in the majors yet, but he’s only gotten 237 total plate appearances and he’s a .315 hitter with an .880 OPS in 764 trips to the plate at Triple-A.

In terms of low-wattage trades this is an intriguing one involving a pair of prospect busts who still have some upside as role players.

  1. scatterbrian - May 27, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Beane sure has a boner for boring white guys with league-average upside…

    • cur68 - May 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      Maybe its the size of Purcey’s feet that impressed Beane? As reported herein the boy plods the Earth with size 18 flippers. Pity he got traded. He’d just got his custom made white A’s shoes, too. What’s he gonna do with them, now? Hmm…there are a lot of homeless folks in Cali. Maybe he can sublet them?

  2. APBA Guy - May 27, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Well said, Brian. I suppose this is an upgrade for Sacramento.

    • scatterbrian - May 27, 2011 at 6:46 PM

      Perhaps, though wouldn’t that mean Cardenas or Weeks is coming up?

      • APBA Guy - May 28, 2011 at 1:01 AM

        That’s one rumor, but I bet they try Sizemore first.

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